As U.S. border agents crack down on organized crime, drugs, and human trafficking at the southern border, the Mexican government has no choice but to deal with and pay for the crime that their country fosters. Mexico’s homicide figure for 2018 was 33,341 — far surpassing the 2017 tally of 29,168. Violence is rising in Mexico as the country absorbs their own crime problem, deflected back to them due to assertive border policies enforced by ICE and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The major cartel groups that once ran drugs into the U.S. are rapidly being broken up into smaller factions. The splintering of the cartels has given rise to smaller, competing factions. This has made gun violence more prevalent in Mexico as a greater number of cartels fight for control over their region. Experts predict that cartel struggles will continue on into 2019 as they fight over territory. Because Mexico has strict gun control laws, many are unable to defend themselves from cartel violence.
The Mexican government feeds the homicide problem because they have strict gun control laws, prohibiting law abiding citizens from adequately protecting themselves. The cartels grow and become more violent because they know they can get away with organized crime. There is no challenge from the citizenry. There is no armed republic poised to hold them accountable.
As defined by Mexico’s Article 11 of the Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives, firearms are “for exclusive use of the military and strictly forbidden for civilian possession.” Civilians are granted a license to lawfully carry a firearm outside their homes under limited circumstances. Civilians are only allowed to have firearms within their home dwelling, and they are limited in caliber and capacity. Additionally, to own more than two weapons, a civilian must “justify the need.”
The Mexican government sponsors drug cartels and their violence because of the country’s strict gun control laws. The murder rate in Mexico is 500 percent higher than in the USA. In 2018, Mexico’s homicide rate was approximately 27 per 100,000 people. Conversely, America’s homicide rate was more than five times lower (5 per 100,000 people.) Because Americans are free to protect themselves and their property, the homicide rate is kept in check. The U.S. homicide rate is 11 times lower than Honduras (about 56 per 100,000) and 15 times lower than El Salvador (about 82 per 100,000).
Granted, there are certain places in America where the murder rate is high. Not surprisingly, these murder hubs share many of the same gun control laws that Mexico has. Liberal utopias such as Chicago are homicide hot spots because gun control fanatics run the city. Just like Mexico, organized crime and human trafficking runs rampant in this U.S. city. The founders of the U.S. were right, and they didn’t even have modern data to prove it: A well-armed and well-trained militia is necessary to the freedom and security of the state.
Over the past half decade, the Mexican drug cartels have rapidly changed the way they do business. Instead of relying on producers to traffic cocaine, many have begun making methamphetamine themselves so they can reap the most profit. Instead of raising poppies and processing opium gum into heroin, the cartels are producing more synthetic opioids. Opioids such as fentanyl are more profitable than heroin and are often concealed as heroin. The low cost of fentanyl has also collapsed the price of opium gum, making it cheaper to obtain.
As the cartels are fractured, with no lethal force to hold them accountable, criminal gang activity increases. Abductions, extortion, and theft are all on the rise. Today, the gangs target cargo and fuel supplies, stealing massive amounts of resources. Helpless, unarmed and under-armed Mexican citizens have no choice but to surrender or be shot dead.
The U.S. should not only build a wall to defend its own country from criminal enterprises emanating from Mexico, but the U.S. should also pressure the Mexican government to stop crime at the source. Mexico should help pay for the damage that drug addiction and drug-related violence does to families. Mexico should own up to their crime-sponsoring gun laws, which create victims out of law-abiding citizens, while spreading organized crime and its violence into the great United States of America, where armed citizens must be more vigilant and on watch.